This millipede is the species Brachoria cedra Keeton, 1959 from the The Cedars Natural Area Preserve in Lee County, Virginia. The Cedars Preserve is a wonderful limestone glade habitat, and it gets its name from the Eastern redcedar growing in the area (Juniperus virginiana L.). The millipede is officially listed as a state threatened species in the state.
What we’re reading…
Wojcieszek & Simmons (2012) Evidence for stabilizing selection and slow divergent evolution of male genitalia in a millipede (Antichiropus variabilis). Evolution, 66, 1138-1153.
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Derkarabetian & Hedin (2014) Integrative Taxonomy and Species Delimitation in Harvestmen: A Revision of the Western North American Genus Sclerobunus (Opiliones: Laniatores: Travunioidea). PLOSONE, 9, 1-25.
McKenna et al. (2015) The beetle tree of life reveals that Coleoptera survived end-Permian mass extinction to diversify during the Cretaceous terrestrial revolution. Systematic Entomology, 40, 835-880.
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Emata & Hedin (2016) From the mountains to the coast and back again: Ancient biogeography in a radiation of short-range endemic harvestmen from California, Molecular Phylogenetics & Evolution, 98, 233-243.
Shear (2015) The chemical defenses of millipedes (Diplopoda): biochemistry, physiology and ecology. Biochemical Systematics & Ecology, 61, 78-117.
Kawahara & Breinholt (2014) Phylogenomics provides strong evidence for relationships of butterflies and moths. Proceedings of the Royal Society, B, 281, 1-8.
Hendrixson, et al. (2013) An exploration of species boundaries in turret-building tarantulas of the Mojave Desert (Araneae, Mygalomorphae, Theraphosidae, Aphonopelma). Molecular Phylogenetics & Evolution, 66, 327-340.
de Queiroz (2007) Species concepts and species delimitation. Systematic Biology, 56, 879-886.
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Mallet & Joron (1999) Evolution of diversity in warning color and mimicry: polymorphisms, shifting balance, and speciation. Annual Review of Ecology and Systematics, 201-233.
Hoffman (2012) The garden of biotic delights. Banisteria, 40, 87-89.